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The value of silence

Illustration by Anika Vucicevic

Sydney Bellon, Columnist

May 8, 2020

Do you know the feeling when you’re “talking with” someone and it gets awkward?  You feel like you are responsible for coming up with something to say to make the awkward feeling go away, and simultaneously you’re considering all the possibilities of what they must be thinking? Silence is often th...

Students React to Banners Condemning Sexual Assault Policy

Georgia Lyon, News Editor

October 31, 2016

Two large posters reading, “Whitman Only Punishes Victims” and “It Has Been 3 Days Since The Last Reported Rape” in red letters were hung up on the tennis courts on Fall Visitors Day. On Wednesday Oct. 26, the Associated Students of Whitman College (ASWC) sponsored an event that gave stude...

Difficult Conversations Must Welcome Experienced Voices

Ben Shoemake, Columnist

May 5, 2016

When the voices most essential to the conversation belong to people who don't feel safe coming to the table, we need to make the table safer.

In Search of the Transcendent Icebreaker

Tino Mori, Columnist

October 28, 2015

Illustration by Catalina Burch. Starting conversations is an uncomfortable business. Enunciating words requires a concerted effort, while excessive eye contact with the wrong fellow is liable to result in unwanted fisticuffs. Worst of all, conversations always open with the scripted agony of small talk. “How are yo...

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